Can we talk about kids’ books for a minute? I’ve got an emerging reader and a chapter book reader now…so to say that we do a lot of reading each day would be an understatement. We read a.lot. A.lot. We talk about books when we are in the car. Sometimes I read books while we are in the car (Steve driving, of course!). Sometimes we listen to books in the car. We just love books.
And I especially love books about food and cooking and establishing healthy eating habits.
Pancakes for Breakfast – I adore this book. I love that there are no words. And I love that every time we read it, we have a slight variation to the story. The boys love to get creative with “their version” of the story when we read it. Their imaginations never cease to amaze me!
The Berenstain Bears And Too Much Junk Food – hello tummy ache! A great book centered around the too much junk food conversation that every parent has with their kids. We love the Bears around here!
From the Garden: A Counting Book about Food – love how this book cultivates the concept of gardening and growing your own food for very young readers. A perfect read aloud and discussion starter about where food comes from.
(Not a Kid Book, But…) French Kids Eat Everything – This book is sure to challenge your thinking on what and how you feed your kids. A must read!
And last, but not least…a cookbook to use with your kids. The Whole Family Cookbook, complete with colors and levels that will help you know when and how to introduce different cooking skills to your kids. The color coding helps kids know what is their task in the cooking process, and what is for their parents to do. A great book for getting the entire family involved in the kitchen! (Also, written by fellow food blogger and friend, Michelle Stern!)
2013 Goals Update
So at the beginning of the year, I shared that I wanted to encourage more independence in the kitchen and teach the boys a few more cooking skills. We’ve got the scrambled eggs thing down, we’ve got the toast thing down. We’ve got the “get yourself a snack” thing all figured out. (What can I say, they like to eat and love being able to give themselves a snack!) What we are now working on is…
- Not leaving the fridge door wide open.
- Putting things back in the fridge when you are done. (Butter and jelly yesterday afternoon! Gah!)
I’m very pleased with this goal and how the boys are doing with it, and will continue to work with them and teaching them to clean up after themselves. (Oh, are their wives gonna love me!!!)
Now, back to the books…
Do you have any favorite books you read with your kids that are food/health-centric?